Common Outlook
November 2013 - Issue # 13-11

Founder's Message


Most of the people I've had the pleasure of doing business with over the years like their jobs, and by and large, I would have to say they seem to be happy people. It could be construed they are happy because they like their jobs, but the correlation between job satisfaction and happiness is more tenuous than we might think.

The good news is: we don't have to like our jobs in order to
be happy.

The most important factors for happiness are strong personal relationships and meaningful life activities. Friends, family ties, and outside interests diminish work-place difficulties.  

At one time or another during our working lives, we all hit thorny patches, e.g. we worked harder but someone else was promoted; we have difficulty with a superior; the work becomes tiresome. We can flail around and continue being prickled, or we can calm down and - either on our own or with the help of others (our article this month is a helpful primer) - get unstuck and continue enjoying
the journey.




There is fundamental happiness in wanting what we
already have.


What's New? 


In December, your trusty Newsletter reveals the fundamental truths behind honesty. "Honestly!"





"Everything will be all right in the end. So if it is not all right, it is not yet the end."
~ Sonny Patel; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Movie)




How to Create Workplace :)ness  

This month we're looking at three common workplace difficulties, and what you can do about them. 

As usual, there is no magic solution and the things we offer below won't be appropriate or useful in all circumstances.  Our purpose in offering them is to get your mind oriented toward a frame of reference that asks, "What can I do?", rather than remain stuck in "This stinks and I'm unhappy".  If we can accomplish that, then we probably have done you more of a service than the advice below will do. 

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Peter Hiddema


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